My Review: Pieces of Eight by Whitney Barbetti

My Review:  Pieces of Eight by Whitney BarbettiPieces of Eight by Whitney Barbetti
Series: Mad Love Duet #2
Publication Date: May 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Synopsis

Six was always there, even when I didn’t want him.
But he couldn’t hold me together, and I couldn’t be his penance.
Loss is a phantom limb. No one can see it, but the ache torments you in the night, distracts you during the day, and leaves you fragmented. I’m half a heart, half a soul, and nothing could cure the pieces he’d left behind.
Losing him was safer than loving him. Because the love that kept us coming back again and again was nothing short of madness.
But then, isn't mad love the most honest?

My Review

Pieces of Eight by Author Whitney Barbetti is book two in the Mad Love Duet. It is a second chance for two soulmates.

“One day, when my body is six feet under and covered in dirt and grass, when my skin has turned to ash, and all I am is dust in a wood and metal box, I will still be someone you loved once. And that will be enough. It will have to be.”

We were left with one of the most heartbreaking endings at the conclusion of Six Feet Under.  Six and Mira’s lives forever changed, and the people they once were disintegrated in a moment of grief and heartache.

“…an emotional absence is silent, lonely, deeply private–a loss mourned alone.”

Reading the first paragraph in Pieces of Eight, I was reawakened to the sorrow that was now in Mira’s life, and I cried for her.  I cried for her loss, for her pain, and for her decision that led her to a lonely place.  Those tears didn’t stop, but readily flowed throughout most of the story as she recounted the process of her metamorphosis.

“Six was my type. He was the disease, and he was the cure.”

When Six reentered her life, my lungs and brain went numb.  The unexplained but the familiar I’d felt about him in book one came back in a fury.  I went from weeping widow to raging monster in about one second.  Hot and deadly realization pounded on my brain, as a hell-storm of cruelties with flurries of lies rained down in ink.

“I hate you and I love you in the same breath, and I’m not sure what to do about that.”

But truly, there was a depth of drowning in both of these characters that we did not see in Six Feet Under.  The points of view we were privy to in this novel were those that pulled us under and held us until the last possible second, knowing just how much we could take before letting us up for air.

“You’d never be my ten. Because I’d never reach the peak of loving you.”

Pieces of Eight was a heart-sinking, soul-reviving novel.  It spoke of being true to one’s self, even when wanting to break and run.  It showcased strength in the most dire and seemingly insurmountable circumstances.  It was learning to like and love yourself, in spite of yourself.  It was hard love, touching love, inspirational love.  Life-changing love.

“I’d loved him with all five senses…”

5 Stars

About Whitney Barbetti

Whitney Barbetti is really, truly awful at writing in the third person, so we're just going to change this bio up a bit and write it as first person.

I am married with two boys. When I'm not changing diapers or cutting food into tiny bites, I escape to Starbucks for hours. My blood pressure actually drops the moment I walk in, hear the baristas call my name, and inhale the aroma of coffee beans. And I don't even like coffee.

I love music and have a playlist for everything. Queen is my very favorite.

I like watching creepy shows when I am home alone but then I instantly regret them once my mind starts breeding irrational fears. I try to channel my fears into my books as a way to cope.

I have about 20 bacon things in my fridge.

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